The information below is a summary with links of the information relevant to businesses in Warwickshire for operating safely during the Covid-19 pandemic and as we follow the roadmap out of lockdown.
Latest updates from National Government
Important message for businesses in warwickshire
If you have two or more suspected or positive cases of Covid-19 among your employees please report these to Warwickshire Public Health at [email protected] immediately, (an out of hours number will be sent to you) AND Public Health England on 0344 225 3560.
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
These 14 guides cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Priority actions are outlined at the top of each guide.
Roadmap out of Lockdown Webinars – Q&A with Warwickshire County Council and Partners
This series of ‘Roadmap out of Lockdown’ advice webinars will give businesses in Warwickshire the information they need as they prepare to reopen after lockdown.
The webinars will be sector-themed and timed to coincide in the run up to the next three key roadmap dates, which will see a gradual relaxation of the current lockdown measures.
The webinars include input from Public Health Warwickshire, Warwickshire Police, and borough, district and county regulatory and community safety colleagues.
Recordings can be found on the Warwickshire County Council Youtube channel.
Roadmap out of Lockdown Webinars
w/c 3 May 2021
- May 4, 2pm: Hospitality and Leisure (Warwickshire North). Theatres, cinemas, Concert halls music venues; Hotel and accommodation sector – including how to manage books and cancellations, LFT testing and vaccination checks
- May 5, 2pm: Hospitality and Leisure (Rugby). Theatres, cinemas, Concert halls music venues; Hotel and accommodation sector – including how to manage books and cancellations, LFT testing and vaccination checks
- May 11, 2pm: Hospitality and Leisure (Warwickshire South). Theatres, cinemas, Concert halls music venues; Hotel and accommodation sector – including how to manage books and cancellations, LFT testing and vaccination checks.
w/c 12 April 2021
- Personal Care and Close Contact Services - Warwickshire South
- Personal Care and Close Contact Services - Warwickshire North and Rugby
- Safe Re-opening of Community Buildings
- Retail Re-opening - Non-essential Retail
- Hospitality with Outdoor Facilities
w/c 22 March 2021
NHS Test and Trace in the workplace · Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers
CSW COVID Business Pledge
The Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire COVID Secure Business Pledge or CSW COVID Secure Business Pledge is open to businesses in Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire to sign up to.
The pledge seeks to promote COVID Secure best practice while providing reassurance to employees and customers of businesses in the local area. The pledge is a marketing tool to help promote that your business is doing the right thing to customers, and provide reassurance to staff.
This is a voluntary pledge, and by signing up to the Pledge, businesses are agreeing to have a number of measures to ensure their premises are COVID secure, and the necessary precautions are in place to safeguard the health and wellbeing of their employees and visitors.
Covid-19: Mental Health Service Information for Businesses and Staff
As businesses large and small reopen there will be many new pressures and challenges faced by employers and employees. You or someone you know may be feeling anxious about getting back up and running and operating safely during the Covid-19 pandemic. This could be anyone in the business from employees to managers.
For small businesses and the self-employed, it may be a particularly stressful time. You might work for yourself or on your own, in an office or from home. We all go through ups and downs in life, and experience life changes that can affect our mental health. For many people, Covid-19 has been one of those times.
Wherever you live, there are resources and services both national and local that you can access to find support with your mental wellbeing.
- Mental Health and Well-being Resources webinar – 10.02.2021
- Every Mind Matters from Public Health England has tools and information to help you manage and maintain your mental health and wellbeing, as good mental health makes such a difference. It helps us to relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.
- Mental Health at Work is your gateway to documents, guides, tips, videos, courses, podcasts, templates and information from organisations across the UK, all aimed at helping you get to grips with workplace mental health and wellbeing.
If you live in Warwickshire, find information about mental health and wellbeing support services available to you:
- Warwickshire Mental Health Service Information
- Support for people bereaved during the Covid-19 Pandemic
- More guidance on looking after your health and wellbeing during the Covid-19 outbreak
If you have been impacted financially there is financial information and support available.
If your employer is making redundancies, or you have recently been made redundant, you may be feeling increased levels of worry. Whether expected or sudden, redundancy can cause huge uncertainty, stress and anxiety, and can make existing mental health problems worse.
EAP Employee Assistance Programme to Support SME businesses in Warwickshire
Warwickshire County Council has extended its internal employee EAP programme to offer help to micro and small businesses, those employing 50 or less (or 100 or less for hospitality businesses).
The Covid-19 pandemic as we all know has caused upheaval and stress throughout the entire community. We recognise that this has been a particularly difficult time for micro and small businesses. Small businesses like these do not have the HR departments that larger organisations have that can provide assistance around mental health and wellbeing to staff at times like this.
PPE - Buy Local #BuyEatLocal
Warwickshire County Council is encouraging firms to source their PPE from local suppliers, as part of the #BuyEatLocal Campaign. Our news article explains the #BuyEatLocal campaign and showcases a face covering supplier from Rugby, a maker of hand sanitiser from Stratford and a maker of signage from Nuneaton.
Local suppliers can be found on Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce COVID Recovery Hub and the Find it in CW Portal local Supplier list.
Please support our local businesses where you can:
COVID-19: Advice from Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue has produced a booklet to help guide all business owners on how to keep their premises safe and compliant with regards to the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. We want people to print these booklets and use them, annotate them and keep them with the rest of their fire safety documentation.
Another, important thing we are asking business owners to do is take 20-30 minutes to fill out our checklist questionnaire. Again, it is something we have produced, based on the booklet. However, by encouraging its completion, we hope to prompt business owners to consider their fire safety responsibilities, and also gather information for ourselves on how businesses are coping. From the results we can potentially spot trends in areas that need our attention. Equally, we can see the areas that businesses are demonstrating a good understanding of and the information gathered will influence how we continue to work.
Please send any email correspondence to: [email protected]
- Five top tips for good workplace hygiene and infection control during the Covid-19 pandemic (PDF, 382 KB)
- Testing if you don’t have COVID-19 symptoms
- Click and collect services advice for Warwickshire high street retailers (PDF, 165 KB)
- Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce - Covid-19 Recovery Hub
- CSW Coventry Solihull Warwickshire COVID Business Pledge
Other national resources
- Visit Britain – Get ready to reopen
- Roadmap out of Lockdown – Reopening Businesses and Venues
- Health and Safety Executive – COVID-19 Working safely
- Health and Safety Executive - Risk assessments
- Chartered Institute of Environmental Health - Guides: safe shopping, downloadable signage links, food delivery, legionella
This page will be continuously updated as and when we receive new guidance/updates, so please do check back.
- IOSH have launched a series of webinars for occupational safety and health professionals on the Covid-19 situation.
Further webinars Q&A webinars from Warwickshire County Council and partners
- Webinars to support businesses along roadmap out of lockdown
- Webinars to support businesses to ‘Build Back Stronger’ – Warwickshire Skills Hub
Assistance Where English is not the first language
Latest Government guidance translated into 60 languages.
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